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One of the entries on my New Year resolutions this year is to learn how to code. With it being October tomorrow, I am rapidly running out of time if I am going to make the December 31st deadline for getting started. But my procrastination is partly due to the fact that I look upon programming code as difficult. While I understand basic HTML, things like Javascript, CSS, Ruby on Rails, and Python go totally over my head, no matter how determined I am to learn them.

But it’s worth the effort to keep trying, as today’s infographic, from www.onlinecollege.org, shows. Those with knowledge of programming code can expect to be offered jobs with very attractive salaries. Google and Facebook are known for being willing to pay top dollar to retain a company’s engineers when they buy the place out. With the world increasingly being run by computers and living on the Internet, demand will constantly stay high for those who can create websites and keep servers running.

What about you? Are you currently trying to learn how to code 5 Great Resources To Learn How To Code 5 Great Resources To Learn How To Code Read More ? If so, how easy or difficult are you finding it? If you’re not learning yet, which code would you like to try to learn, and why?

Programming Infographic

Infographic Source: www.onlinecollege.org
Image Source: Computer Screen Up-Close via Shutterstock

  1. Andre Mendoza
    October 5, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    I joined Codecademy at the beginning of the year and started learning Javascript. I bought a domain for my 14 year old and he's now working through the HTML and CSS lessons. It's a great website that's fully interactive.

    I'm also taking these two courses soon:
    https://www.coursera.org/course/interactivepython
    https://www.coursera.org/course/androidapps101

  2. XA
    October 5, 2012 at 2:22 am

    ...So only 3 sources that involve women and computers were cited, and suddenly you can conclude that "most programming pioneers are women"? What bullshit is this?

  3. kendall sencherey
    October 4, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    i will like to lean how to but i don,t have any help.

  4. Dr Jeffrey Lybarger
    October 4, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    First, thank you for writing this article, it is very informative (even if there are apparently minor errors or semantic issues according to previous comments).

    Secondly, as a non-coder (taking one semester of COBOL in high school in 1989 does not count, right?) I have recently started learning through codecademy. I can say that codecademy is a great site to learn through (please remember this is my personal opinion and I do not have experience with any other coding sites, but Codecademy is very user friendly).

    Lastly, your articles help me learn something new every day, keep up the great work!

    Dr. Jeff

  5. Jake Thompson
    October 3, 2012 at 7:04 am

    I started learning this year and I really do enjoy programming. Sure it can be tedious and repetitive but I think it's really cool and eventually I want to get a degree in programming :)

  6. Andrew Glynn
    October 2, 2012 at 12:52 am

    The graphic accompanying the title shows HTML. HTML is a page description language, i.e. a typesetting tool, not a programming language. Perhaps you should learn a little more about coding prior to writing an article on it.

    • Saikat Basu
      October 2, 2012 at 3:03 am

      We can reasonably say that HTML is a coding. Yes, it is not a programming language, but if you read the title it is says - coding. When it comes to semantics, "coding" for all purposes means writing something that will be processed by computers rather than people.

      • Jon Ellman
        March 22, 2013 at 1:29 pm

        Good job pwning that troll.

  7. Edwin Williams
    October 1, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    I love coding in my spare time. Calms me down a lot.

  8. Boni Oloff
    October 1, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Wow, looks like many coder make comments..
    For me programming is a must.

  9. Teodoro Villamarzo
    September 30, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    When computers were starting to be used in the schools and in the homes decades ago, it was a cool thing to learn BASIC. Later, only the diehards continued to learn and the rest, like me, let the coders solve our problems in programming and software. Lately, with the proliferation of laptops, tablets, even cellphones requiring tweaking, the coders and the hobbyists can't cope with demand. To cope with the new situation, older guys like me have started going back to learning codes and programming, not to get into jobs, but to get things done. Free schools on coding are actually a godsend to people like me.

  10. António Simões
    September 30, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Estonia as taken are pionners as they introduced coding in their education system. Their Kids will learn coding along with math, science languages. Great idea that other countries should follow.
    If you want to check the full article I'll leave a link below:
    http://venturebeat.com/2012/09/04/estonia-code-academy/

  11. GrrGrrr
    September 30, 2012 at 11:43 am

    I'm not a code person, but was once. Slowly drifted away from coding and have lost interest to 99%.

    Moreover there are so many languages & frameworks available, it makes difficult to decide which one to go for.

    Also I can't agree with the amount ($$$$) mentioned in the infographic - as it is ONLY applicable if one is really having the BEST talent.

  12. Prabha Rani
    September 30, 2012 at 9:30 am

    OMG! 1 of 10 are female today?

  13. muotechguy
    September 30, 2012 at 9:21 am

    "Those with knowledge of programming code can expect to be offered jobs with very attractive salaries"

    I wish you'd tell my boss this!

    • Laga Mahesa
      October 2, 2012 at 12:31 pm

      Send me both your and his emails and I'll spam him into submission. ;'D

  14. wilL Toxic
    September 30, 2012 at 9:05 am

    looks like something new for me to learn
    thanks for this

  15. Dimal Chandrasiri
    September 30, 2012 at 3:53 am

    coding is fun and entertaining. there is no feeling on earth other than watching your own code in work! :D

  16. Danny
    September 29, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Sorry your information is not correct regarding the worlds first electronic computer. Please see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colossus_computer

    Nice info graphic though. Thanks

  17. salim benhouhou
    September 29, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    i love coding i know a little but still learning .
    and i am already a member of codecademy.com they rocks .

  18. Florin Ardelian
    September 29, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Let me answer your final question with this link: http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/2012/05/please-dont-learn-to-code.html

    tl;dr It takes years to understand computer programming properly.

    • elhaj
      October 1, 2012 at 5:13 am

      just what I was going to say : )

    • Laga Mahesa
      October 2, 2012 at 12:29 pm

      From the link, Attwood asks: "can you explain to me how Michael Bloomberg would be better at his day to day job of leading the largest city in the USA if he woke up one morning as a crack Java coder?"

      My answer: Not a lot. However, being a mayor represents a tiny fraction of his life. Code skills are applicable everywhere.

      Proper understanding is not required to see a huge ROI on taking the time to learn basic coding. Shell/command scripts, custom localhost homepages filled with useful javascript tools, automation, etc. Only when the learner wants to go professional should he seek a more professional skill set... whether that's likely, though, decreases the older the person is.

  19. Nick
    September 29, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Why would you pay $12,000 to learn Ruby? You can just get a good book and learn it in a week.

    • Deekshith Allamaneni
      September 30, 2012 at 3:28 am

      Ruby has a very good documentation both official and third party. That should be sufficient for you to learn it.

  20. Marko Resnik
    September 29, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Coding is fun. Especially when making something for youself. :)

    • Deekshith Allamaneni
      September 30, 2012 at 3:32 am

      Absolutely correct. I've now learned about 10 programming languages and made a few good pieces of code. Although I've done most for myself, lately many people started liking and getting involved in them. My "docs online viewer" is one such example. I recommend you to go for GPL license when you are making a software which is useful for others as many other developers will get involved to improve it and you'll get more interest in the project.

  21. Paul Pruitt
    September 29, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    I started learning 2 or 3 years ago. I did it because I was strongly motivated to make a program to extract text from corrupt Word DOCX files and make it freeware and I discovered the manual procedure how to do it. So the trick was automating it. With some help like from http://www.perlmonks.org I was off and running.

    So my advice is to learn programming by doing. That think of a thing you really want to automate with a computer and then pull out all the stops in hacking your way to a solution. Forget about formal learning. Just pick up stuff by Googling for answers about each incremental step you figure need to figure out to reach your goal of making your program. Also get all the help you can get.

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